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Doncaster takeaway fined for deceiving customers

A Doncaster takeaway has been fined after it was found to be using a mixture of cheaper meats and attempting to pass them off as lamb.

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The discovery was made at Taj Mahal Restaurant, on Hall Gate in Doncaster, after an officer from the council’s Environmental Health Food Safety Team visited in 2014 to carry out routine food sampling.

The takeaway was found to be substituting lamb for a mixture of beef and chicken in its Lamb Korma.

At a hearing at Doncaster Magistrate’s Court the company which operates the restaurant, Spicy Food Restaurant Limited, pleaded guilty to meat substitution and was fined £3,000. The company was also ordered to pay £1,132.77 costs and a victim surcharge of £120.

It is vitally important that customers know what they are getting when they order food from a restaurant or takeaway, and this case emphasises that we will not tolerate any local businesses trying to deceive customers.

– Cllr Chris McGuinness, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council


Body found in search for missing Magdalena

Police searching for missing Magdelena Charciarek have found the body of a woman in a field in Doncaster.

Magdalena has been missing for over a month

Officers discovered the body on waste ground close to Potteric Carr Nature Reserve at around 2.10pm today as part of a large-scale search.

While formal identification is yet to take place, officers believe it to be missing Doncaster woman Magdelena Charciarek.

Ms Charciarek’s family have been informed.

South Yorkshire Police says there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

Campaign steps up to find missing Magdalena

Police in Doncaster will step up their search this weekend for a woman who has now been missing for a month.

Magdelana Charciarek Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Magdelana Charciarek was last seen around 1pm on September the 30th, after she left her mother's house. South Yorkshire Police officers will search Potterick Carr nature reserve after CCTV footage showed her in the area.

Man jailed for 11 years for child abuse

A man from Thorne has been jailed for 11 years after being found guilty of multiple sexual offences against a young girl in Doncaster.

David Joseph Coates was jailed for 11 years Credit: South Yorkshire Police

43-year-old David Joseph Coates, of Cherry Tree Drive, Thorne, was jailed at Sheffield Crown Court today after a jury found him guilty of eight counts of sexual assault following a trial last month.

The jury heard how Coates abused an eight-year-old girl and continued offending over a number of years in the Doncaster area.

The girl came forward in August 2014 to report her abuse to police and an investigation began.

Coates was also jailed for four months for an unrelated domestic assault, to run consecutively.


Visitors spot rare leopard cubs at wildlife park

Visitors to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster today got their first chance to spot rare leopard cubs. Three Amur cubs were born at the park in June. One did not survive but the progress of the remaining two is a landmark in the international conservation programme. And today the pair braved the cameras - and the visitors - and tentatively stepped out of their new enclosure for the first time.

Court hears evidence about moments before tragic crash

An inquest has been hearing evidence from what happened moments before the crash that claimed the lives of five South Yorkshire schoolfriends.

Megan Storey, Jordanna Goodwin, Arpad Kore, Bartek Bortniczak and Blake Cairns died on the A630 at Conisbrough. Here's Martin Fisher.

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